Former World Cup skiers and current Fischer ambassadors Kikkan Randall and Sadie Bjornsen Maubet were in attendance to sign autographs for fans and share their advice for a successful distance race. Kikkan was excited for her third Birkie after two weeks of Olympic commentary working the graveyard shift at NBC Sports in Stamford, Connecticut. Sadie was making her maiden journey to this iconic Wisconsin race, fresh from her new desk job at an accounting firm in Anchorage, Alaska. She was feeling good going into the race but not quite sure what to expect from the famed 50-kilometer course.
With an air temperature hovering around 0 degrees Fahrenheit, and a wind chill of about 10 degrees less, it was a brisk Saturday morning start to the 2022 American Birkenbeiner. The Fischer support crew watched the strong start from both Kikkan and Sadie, as well as Fischer World Cup athlete Caitlin Patterson, from a warm condo.